Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Nov 2017 12:06:31










THE Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and Aeronautical Development Agency, responsible for designing and making of the indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas, must stand to the expectations of the Southern Command head of the Indian Air Force, Air Marshal R K S Bhadauria, who pushed for early operationalisation of the  aircraft. Like several other indigenous weapons development programmes, Tejas is also running behind the schedule. Conceived in the 80s to replace the ageing fleet of Russian made MiG 21, Tejas is yet to join the IAF even as it is facing acute shortage of warplanes. The IAF, which has shown interest in having latest warplanes off the shelf from foreign countries, has suggested some modifications in the Tejas as per their requirements, before they are inducted. Looking at the new security challenges in the region, it has become necessary to replenish squadrons of fighter jets as early as possible. The HAL scientists must pull up their socks and meet all the needs of the IAF. Further delay in delivery of Tejas may prove detrimental to the nation’s security.

message to d GANG

AUCTION of three properties belonging to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim in Mumbai would give a strong message to the fugitive gangster hiding in Pakistan, and his accomplices here, that the noose around their necks is being tightened by the authorities. Dawood, the kingpin in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, had amassed massive wealth through extortion and smuggling of contraband and gold. Afraid of Indian security agencies getting hold of him, Dawood, who was helped in the execution of the terror plot by the ISI, took shelter in Pakistan, leaving his vast empire behind. After the due process of law, his properties in Mumbai were finally auctioned. It is believed that Dawood is still operating his extortion racket through his henchmen in Mumbai and elsewhere. Auction of his properties in Mumbai, therefore gives a tough message to the fugitive don and his gang members. The authorities must now double their efforts to bring back Dawood to India dead or alive. Only then final justice will be done to the blasts victims.